Communications Director – Omaha, NE or Virtual Office

About the Organization

The Platte Institute’s mission is to advance policies that remove barriers to growth and opportunity in Nebraska. We unite Nebraskans from all points of view around ideas that enhance economic freedom and enable more people to build a future in our state. Our team operates in an entrepreneurial startup culture that prioritizes listening, learning, and working to find better ways to serve communities across Nebraska. Our efforts help save taxpayers billions of dollars, encourage the creation and growth of exciting new businesses and innovations, and represent individual workers and entrepreneurs who are often left out of the traditional policy process. If you enjoy disrupting the status quo while building consensus across party lines, meeting amazing people and helping them achieve their dreams and goals, and being part of a tight-knit team where your contributions and expertise are valued and rewarded, you may be a great fit for a role with the Platte Institute.

About the Role

The Platte Institute is searching for a Communications Director to execute and make continuous improvements to the organization’s content strategy, including the Platte Institute’s digital offerings, traditional media, and events. The Communications Director is both a spokesperson for the organization and a strategist who develops effective ways to connect the Platte Institute’s accomplished and talented team—and the Nebraskans we serve—with the wider public, the media, and policymakers.

If you don’t like writing, this is not the job for you. But we’re not looking for someone to simply take dictation. The right candidate will enjoy learning from their audiences, advising our team on how to devote our resources to their highest and best use, and setting priorities for our content in a crowded media environment.

Nebraskans have lots of concerns and questions about why our state’s policies are the way they are. Our Communications Director makes sure the Platte Institute gets invited into those conversations by using insights from our audiences to create products that offer valuable answers and solutions. Our website at PlatteInstitute.org, Jim Vokal’s weekly Platte Institute email, and the Nebraskanomics podcast are just a few examples of products the Communications Director manages to make it easier for Nebraskans to understand the issues and to take action.

The Communications Director has the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in every field and discipline of media, public policy, and nonprofit management, providing you the tools to build a more effective organization, and a career where you can use your creativity to choose your own adventure.

This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is located in Omaha, Nebraska. We will consider a virtual/hybrid option for the right candidate. Occasional travel in Nebraska and to out-of-state events is required as part of the role.

Position Duties

The Communications Director will be expected to:

  • Produce and supervise the creation and distribution of Platte Institute content, including blogs, emails, podcasts, in-person and virtual meetings, owned, paid, and earned media
  • Work in concert with CEO, CSO, development, community engagement, policy, and government relations staff to incorporate content strategies into the organization’s annual strategic plan
  • Develop or maintain standardized content practices for the organization, including writing style, brand guidelines, messaging frameworks, and digital content tools
  • Maintain communications with Nebraska media outlets and organizations and track internal and external trends in the Nebraska news cycle
  • Gather analytics, market research, and survey data to make informed decisions about content strategy and issue campaigns
  • Answer questions about the Platte Institute and its campaigns, or connect audiences with Platte Institute team members or other resources providing answers
  • Provide communications assistance to policy, development, or other departments as assigned

Position Qualifications

The ideal Communications Director candidate would meet the following qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and the Platte Institute’s mission of removing barriers for Nebraskans
  • 2-5 years of experience in a public-facing and/or content creation role in a policy, nonprofit, media and communications, or corporate setting (a candidate with experience in Nebraska is preferred but not required)
  • Proficiency with digital communications tools, including MailChimp, WordPress, Zoom, Adobe Suite, social media platforms, and
  • A portfolio demonstrating past content-related work, whether written, audio, or video
  • Experience working with media outlets, executives, political candidates, or figures seeking media coverage
  • Working knowledge of public policy topics with a desire to learn more

Preferred Skills

  • Well-honed emotional intelligence and discipline
  • Experience working independently to follow through on time-sensitive tasks
  • Interest in collaborating with colleagues in other nonprofit & policy disciplines

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials as a single PDF:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position and the mission of the Platte Institute

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Network Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: stephanie@talentmarket.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.